New Hampshire's director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is stepping down.
Gov. John Lynch announced Monday that Christopher Pope will leave his position in January.
Pope, who was appointed by Lynch in 2006, led the development of New Hampshire's homeland security program. He also coordinated emergency operations during a dozen federally declared natural disasters.
Lynch says Pope has done an outstanding job and called him the "calm in the center of the storm."
In a statement, Pope said he was grateful for the privilege to serve the state. He will spend the next month working to transition his office to Gov.-elect Maggie Hassan's administration.